Stanislaus County California – In a press conference earlier today, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson spoke about how the death of Corporal Ronil Singh could have been prevented.
Gustavo Perez Arriaga, 32, was taken into custody in Bakersfield, California earlier this morning. According to Sheriff Christianson, Arriaga is a self proclaimed member of the Sureno criminal street gang and has two prior arrests for driving under the influence.
Sheriff Christianson further stated “While we absolutely need to stay focused on Officer Singh’s service and sacrfice, we can’t ignore the fact that this could have been preventable. Under SB54 in California, based on two arrests for DUI and some other active warrants that this criminal has out there, law enforcement would have been prevented, prohibited, from sharing any information with ICE about this criminal gang member.”
Two addtional men were arrested for aiding the suspect escape and evade law enforcement during this investigation. Adrian Virgen 25, and Erik Razo Quiroz 27, were arrested for accessory after the fact to a felony.
When questioned further by the media, Sheriff Christianson reiterated his belief this was preventable, “I simply want to focus on the fact that this is a criminal illegal alien with prior criminal activity that should have been reported to ICE, we were prohibited, law enforcement was prohibited because of santurary laws and that led to the encounter with Officer Singh. I’m suggesting that the outcome could have been different if law enforcement wasn’t restricted, prohibited, or had their hands tied because of political interference.”
Certainly, this is highly debated topic in the United States today. I hope this tragedy creates converstation on how tragedies like this could be prevented in the future. It’s a discussion we need to continue to have.
Hopefully these arrests begin the long and difficult healing process for the Newman Police Deparment and the Singh family.